Colorless Beauty: South African Albino Model Thando Hopa by Justin Dingwall
South African model Thando Hopa, deemed the “new face of fashion” earlier this year, is defying prejudice with her beauty, albeit as a woman with albinism.
Johannesburg-based photographer Justin Dingwall captures her essence and an elegant shoot he titles ALBUS (“white” in Latin), some of which will soon appear in Forbes Magazine. He explains:
Beauty is found in all shapes, sizes and colors. It can also be colorless, which is the point being proven and celebrated through a wave of models with albinism – a condition affecting melanin production that results in little or no pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes.
This South African woman named Thando Hopa is full-time legal prosecutor and now fashion model and she is using her new-found fame to negate the taboo surrounding albinism. I have been fortunate enough to photograph her for numerus publications including Forbes Magazine.
See shots from the gorgeous fashion shoot below.